The Packing of A-helices: Simple Coiled-coils

  title={The Packing of A-helices: Simple Coiled-coils},
  author={F. H. C. Crick},
It is shown that when a-helices of the Same sense pack together they will probably do so about 20 ° away from parallel. For very long chains this may lead to a coiled-coil. The two simplest models -the two-strand rope and the three-strand rope--are described, and used to illustrate the ,diffraction theory already developed. It is shown that they would give a diffuse a-pattern. Possible examples of these models are briefly discussed. 
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